What is Project Backpack?

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Project Backpack is a needs based food donation program provided by Due West Methodist Church. This program is designed to offer food to our students whose families have difficulty providing food on the weekends. Backpacks of food for the weekend are distributed here at school on Fridays.

Project backpack forms for the 2019-2020 school year are coming home on Monday August 12, 2019.  Forms are due August 16, 2019.

** Only complete and return this form if your family is in need**

**Food distribution will start Friday September 6, 2019**

Open House

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We were so excited to meet each and every one of you yesterday at our Open House! We can already tell this is going to be a great year! If you weren’t able to attend our Open House or you just want to review the information, we’re uploading the PowerPoint we used below. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

Additionally, please fill out the Student Information Sheet (Click HERE) if you have not already done so. We need this information for all students in Team McPopRoss.

We’re looking forward to an amazing first day of school. See you all bright and early TOMORROW!

In case you missed it, here’s some information from our new principal, Mr. D:

Frey Parents and Family members! It was great to finally meet so many of you yesterday, and I’m very much looking forward to this school year. I’d like to take just a few minutes of your time to set the operational tone for a safe and organized environment.

  1. Carpool:
    1. Please be patient and plan accordingly. We all know the challenges of traffic in our area, and carpool volume is large throughout the year.
    2. Please do not drop off your child before 7:15. Teachers are not on duty before that time and this creates a loss of accountability for your child.
    3. Students not picked up prior to 2:40 will be sent to ASP.
    4. For those who arrive early for pickup or dismissal – Please turn off your vehicle while in the carpool line. This will be a non-idling environment.
  2. Walking students to class:
    1. Kindergarten parents – you will be able to walk your child to class until Friday, August 9th. On Monday, August 12th your child will walk to class on their own so please spend some time in the evenings preparing your child for that transition. Our staff will be positioned throughout the hallways to help guide them to class. Trust me, I know this is tough, but it will help them fall into a routine much more quickly and it maximizes and protects instructional time.
    2. 1st-5th grade parents – you will be able to walk your child to class on Thursday, August 1st and Friday, August 2nd. On August 5th your child will need to walk to class on their own. Staff will be positioned throughout the halls to help guide them to class.
  3. Buses: Please follow this link for the “Here comes the bus app
  4. Marked as Tardy:
    1. Students will be marked as tardy beginning Monday, August 19th. This will remain in effect for the entirety of the year and will only be changed in conjunction with the district’s inclement weather policy.
  5. Transportation changes:
    1. If you need to make a transportation change at any time during the day, please do so by 1:45.  All transportation changes must go through the front office NOT the teacher. Changes to ASP can be taken over the phone. All other transportation changes will require a written/faxed note Fax:7709756657.  Please do not contact the teacher to make transportation changes. Transportation changes received via Email will not be accepted. This is designed to protect instructional time, to ensure your request is met in a timely manner, and most importantly to keep student safety a top priority.
  6. Parent Volunteers and FERPA:
    1. It is mandatory for all volunteers to watch the FERPA video. The link is on our website FREY ELEMENTARY “ (We love our volunteers.) After you watch the video then please print the document, sign, and drop it off in the main office. This process is important because it helps protect our students and their academic progress.
  7. Moving Forward:
    1. Frey students are performing at a very high level thanks to an outstanding faculty and a sound collaborative community. We have pinpointed a few areas for fine tuning in math, reading, and writing, and our focus will be placed in that direction.
    2. Our primary initiative this year is the acquisition of technology. I am working closely with our foundation, PTSA, and a team of teachers to build our laptop inventory in grades 3-5 and iPad inventory in K-2. These devices provide students with the ability to overcome the typing barrier thus raising confidence during testing, and they provide teachers with the ability to extend opportunities in the classroom.

And So It Begins!

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Hello Team McPopRoss!

We are so excited to welcome you to your final year here at the best school in the nation! As you now know, you are a part of Team McPopRoss, and we cannot wait to meet each and every one of you. We hope you are looking forward to this year as much as we are, and what a year it is going to be!

Get ready to dive into some gripping novels, go back in time to some of history’s most monumental moments, hone your writing craft, develop a love of all things mathematical, and uncover some of our world’s most intriguing mysteries. Everyday in Team McPopRoss will bring about new discoveries and thoughtful discussions. You are now the leaders at Frey Elementary School, and as Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben once told him, “With great power comes great responsibility.” So, enjoy your last few days of summer, and start getting your brains ready for a year full of learning!

We look forward to meeting you all at our combined Sneak-a-Peek and Open House on Tuesday, July 30th at 8:00 am!

To get a head start click HERE to complete the Student Information Sheet, and  check out the 5th Grade Syllabus as well as our Class Information page to begin learning all about Team             McPopRoss! Also, sign up for our Remind texts HERE so you can stay up to date on all things Frey.

You matter to us.

Mrs. McRorie, Ms. Popilek, & Ms. Ross



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***The original supply list had 3 composition and 3 spiral notebooks. To make things easier, we’d love it if students had 6 composition notebooks and NO spiral notebooks.

However, if your school shopping has already been completed, do not worry, either will be fine***

  • Large sturdy pencil bag
  • 1 white 1.5 Avery 3-ring binder with plastic slip in front
  • 1 package double-sided plastic divider binder pockets (no paper please)
  • 2 packs pencils
  • 4 large glue sticks
  • 1 package colored pencils
  • 1 package assorted colored pens such as Paper Mate Flair Tip Pens
  • 1 package of multi-colored highlighters
  • Scissors
  • 2 packs Black Dry Erase Markers
  • 6 composition notebooks (9.75 in x 7.5 in)
  • 2 packages of square sticky notes
  • Pencil sharpener for pencil bag
  • 2 BIG PINK erasers
  • 1 black sharpie
  • 1 box Kleenex
  • 2 Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
  • 1 container of Clorox Wipes
  • Headphones/ear buds


(These were not on the original supply list)

Sturdy plastic folder

Composition journal for the STEM Lab


*These supplies are YOUR CHILD’s individual supplies. They will keep what they bring in THEIR individual supply container. In 5th, we do not do shared supplies. What you buy is what they keep.

We did it!

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Team McTopss,

We made it to the end of a wonderful year. You have all grown and learned so much this year. Get ready for your next great adventure. You will be missed at the Best School in the Nation, but we know you’re moving on to do bigger and better things! We hope you’ll come back and visit sometimes.

Below is our 5th Grade Slideshow. It’s posted on YouTube and I’m also giving you a link to (hopefully) be able to download it if you want.

We love you all so much! Remember, you matter to us. Flames of Frey…AIM HIGH!

Download the Video HERE

Last Week of School

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Monday will be the last day students may bring backpacks/lunchboxes to school.  Buses will not allow items to be transported on the last 2 days of school.  If you plan to send lunch from home on the last 2 days, please be sure all items are disposable.

Important Information for This Week

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We had a wonderful end of the week this week! Stone Mountain was a huge success and Field Day was a blast. But don’t worry, the fun continues next week. Here’s a list of what’s coming up and what the students will need each day. As a reminder, students WILL still need to bring their backpacks to school each day this week. Next Tuesday and Wednesday (May 21st and 22nd) is when students no longer need bookbags.


  • Monday – Academic Challenge and USA Test Prep Party
    • The  students won’t need to bring anything extra for today unless they earned all 30 stars on USA Test Prep. Those students will be participating in a water balloon fight and will need a towel and a change of clothes 😊


  • Tuesday – Game Day
    • Students can bring in boardgames and devices as well as towels/blankets and pillows. We will be spending part of the day playing different games.
    • We will also have a Kickball Tournament between the 5th grade classes. Students will need to wear PE shoes.
    • This will also be when we have our Battle Bots Competition!


  • Wednesday – 5th Grade Celebration 10:00 – 12:00
    • Parents are welcome to come!
    • We will be celebrating a great last year at the Best School in the Nation! Students don’t need to bring anything extra for today.


  • Thursday – Decades Day
    • Today will be celebrating all the different decades the students learned about this year in social studies (20s-90s).
    • We encourage students to dress up in clothes from their favorite decade!
    • We’ll play games, participate in fun activities, and maybe even watch a TV show or two 😊


  • Friday – Human Growth and Development 8:00 – 9:00
    • Make sure you turn in the permission forms before this day.
    • Students do not need to bring anything extra for today.


If you have any additional questions, please let us know.

Important Dates

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Wednesday, May 8th Yearbook Day
  • Students will be able to spend some time signing each other’s yearbooks.
Thursday, May 9th Stone Mountain Field Trip
  • Information will be coming home today, Monday, May 6th (also posted below).
Friday, May 10th Field Day
  • Please wear PE shoes and clothes you can get wet.
  • Parents are welcome!
Monday, May 13th USA Test Prep Party
  • Let’s celebrate all your hard work on USA Test Prep this year!
Awtrey Parent Night
  • Begins at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 15th 5th Grade Celebration
  • We will celebrate from 10:00 – 12:00.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to help, please click HERE.
  • Parents are welcome!
Friday, May 17th Human Growth and Development
  • Permission forms are being sent home today, Monday, May 6th.
  • If you’d like to preview the content, please contact our guidance counselor: chris.wilson@cobbk12.org
Tuesday, May 21st Early Release


Wednesday, May 22nd Last Day of School!

Early Release

5th Grade Awards and Walk

  • We will begin at 8:00 am with the awards and the walk will follow immediately afterwards.
  • Parents are welcome!


Yearbook Sale

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Image result for yearbook saleThere will be another opportunity to purchase a yearbook at the end of the year. PTSA ordered 100 extra yearbooks this year. The price is $45 + $2 processing fee.

In the past, additional yearbooks were sold in the lobby during the second or third week in May. This year they will be sold online via www.freyspark.org. The yearbook sale will open on May 1st and will remain open until the inventory is depleted. To be as fair as possible to all Frey families, none of these yearbooks will be sold before the online sale begins.

Upcoming Events

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4/10 – 4/12

  • ELA Milestone Testing Only

4/22 – 4/23

  • MATH Milestone Testing Only

5/2 – 5/3

  • SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES Milestone Testing Only

5/8 Wedneday

  • Yearbook Day

5/9 Thursday

  • Stone Mountain Field Trip

5/10 Friday

  • Field Day

5/13 Tuesday

  • Awtrey Parent Night for Rising 6th graders @ 6:30

5/15 Wednesday

  • 5th Grade Celebration @ 10:00-12:00

5/17 Friday

  • Human Growth and Development

5/22 Wednesday

  • 5th Grade Awards and Walk (immediately afterward) @ 8:00
  • Last Day of School